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Quarterback Joe Burrow continued his mastery of Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs as the Bengals won their fourth in a row.
Jets backup quarterback Mike White threw for 369 yards, but when his team really needed him to make plays — on third downs and in the red zone — he failed miserably.
The Jets secondary held Vikings star receiver Justin Jefferson to 45 yards, but left Minnesota frustrated by his third-down score in the fourth quarter.
Andrew De Paola is the leading NFC vote-getter for his position in Pro Bowl fan balloting. He wonders, "How does anyone know who I am?"
The could be the weekend when the NFC North title is clinched — and another NFC team passes yet another as the all-time winningest team in NFL history. So much drama!
The medical staff decided to fully repair rookie cornerback Andrew Booth Jr.'s knee meniscus injury, shutting him down for the season. Left tackle Christian Darrisaw remains out with a concussion.
Mark Craig's On the NFL: San Francisco has won four in a row and hasn't allowed a point in six quarters, a second-half point in four games and just blanked the Saints 13-0.
The Eagles and Jets quarterbacks are on a roll after strong performances Sunday.
Too much turkey? Our NFL insider is picking the Packers over the Eagles.
Yet another reminder came Thursday night: Adam Thielen is one of the best second options through the air in the NFL.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick made some odd decisions that contributed to the Patriots losing to the Vikings and to his former third-string quarterback Kevin O'Connell.
Mark Craig's On the NFL: Vikings coach Kevin O'Connell played for Bill Belichick, who has accumulated so many NFL wins in no small part because of the way his teams methodically bounced back from blowout losses.
The magic remains for Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, while it was in short supply for the Vikings and the defending champion Rams.
A T.J. Hockenson drop, a defense that didn't work hard enough to stop the Dallas offensive line and yet another replay booth debacle capped off an embarrassing loss.
Coach Kevin O'Connell said Christian Darrisaw will not play Thursday against the Patriots after being injured again on a second-quarter sack.
The linebacker, who leads the team in sacks and the league in quarterback pressures entering Sunday's game vs. Dallas, says he's having the best season of his life.
The 20-16 loss at the hands of backup QB Cooper Rush brought many of the 2021 Vikings' flaws to the forefront.
Whose magic will wear off this weekend? Jeff Saturday's? Taylor Heinicke's? Or the Vikings?
On the NFL: This may have been the easiest question that Vikings coach Kevin O'Connell has ever been asked. But somehow he ducked out on answering it and earned good-guy credit at the same time.
NFL Insider Mark Craig takes a look at how some of the contenders in the NFC fared over the weekend, and how the Vikings factor into all of this.
An NFL official said a Gabe Davis reception on the game-tying drive at the end of regulation should not have counted. But replay officials didn't stop the game.
Reunions in Buffalo and Green Bay, a game in Germany, an NFC East prime-time showcase and upheaval in Indy highlight this weekend's NFL schedule.
Nine years after being fired as the Vikings head coach, Leslie Frazier has the right players in place as Buffalo's defensive coordinator.
Vikings running back Dalvin Cook will play against his brother James, a Bills rookie, for the first time Sunday in Buffalo.
On the NFL: More cornerbacks, including the Minnesota Vikings' Akayleb Evans, were taken in the draft than any other position. Some have played major roles in the first half of the season.
If the playoffs were to begin this week, half the field would be squads that weren't in the postseason last year. And just because you're undefeated doesn't mean you're No. 1.
The Commanders looked like situational novices as the Vikings rallied and there's a cost worth paying for Kirk Cousins to abandon that 'Captain Checkdown' reputation.
Ross Blacklock was traded to Minnesota from Houston in late August and is about to play a bigger role on the defensive line.
The team is taking a cautious approach to the calf injury starting defensive lineman Dalvin Tomlinson sustained against the Cardinals.
Eight of 13 road teams are favored this week, including the 6-1 Vikings in Washington. The Vikings are 3 1/2-point favorites — and what could possibly go wrong?
Days after Patrick Peterson and Jordan Hicks taunted their former Cardinals team, Kirk Cousins and Kevin O'Connell had only good things to say about their time in Washington.
Not only did he play well enough against Arizona to win the honor, but Smith paid tribute to Jared Allen's calf-roping sack celebration during the game.
The Vikings, currently No. 2 in the NFC, may not want to see San Francisco come playoff time.
Mark Craig's On the NFL: Through eight games, 71 games have been decided by one score, and the Vikings and Giants are two teams that have won the close games.
The strangest part of the Vikings' 6-1 start? The kicker-tortured franchise keeps missing kicks, and it doesn't matter. Even stranger than a horse on the field at halftime.
Patrick Peterson and Jordan Hicks took advantage of chances to prove their skills all afternoon, and they didn't hold back when it came to letting everyone know about it.
Edge rusher Jared Allen, who will join the team's Ring of Honor on Sunday, wonders where he would fit in today's NFL. But he can relate to Danielle Hunter's season of adjustment.
Linebacker Brian Asamoah has been trying to solve elusive Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray since they were teammates at Oklahoma.
Our NFL Insider focuses in on the NFC North as the Minnesota Vikings return from their bye and the rest of the division face challenging foes.
On the NFL: Are the Vikings good enough to win the NFC? It appears so, but check back next week — and the week after that and the week after that — in the fast-changing NFL.
All four old QBs are on Mark Craig's "down" list. Read the rest of the downs, the ups, and more in this On The NFL, Week 8.
Need something to debate during the Vikings' bye week? Our NFL insider takes a look at the competition for postseason honors.
Our NFL insider is picking four upsets this week, just not the one Vikings fans are most rooting for.
Any Minnesotan worth their weight in Purple paranoia comes armed with tortured tales of trapdoors lurking just around the bend. So what makes these Vikings different?
The 5-1 Vikings are rising in our NFL insider's power rankings, but how high?
How did the Vikings win 24-16 at Miami with 10 three-and-outs in 15 possessions? By facing the worst offensive tackle tandem they'll see.
The National Ataxia Foundation, based in the Twin Cities since 1957, jumped in quickly to help raise awareness of the neurological problem.
Other than Wonnum, the only other Vikings player with an injury designation is running back Alexander Mattison, who is expected to play despite a shoulder injury.
Teams like the Giants and Jets may be confusing matters in the NFL, but there's no doubt this week offers two marquee matchups: Bills vs. Chiefs and Eagles vs. Cowboys.
On the NFL: Kevin O'Connell said, "My confidence in Greg will not waver." That's a different take than the relationship between Minnesota Vikings kickers and coaches (and fans) for much of the past 25 or so years.
A long-dormant team is making a splash while last season's Super Bowl teams have fizzled out.
Kirk Cousins completed his first 17 passes and then used his legs on a couple of key plays to head off what would have been a memorable collapse.
Beyond the boxscore, here's what stood out from Sunday's Minnesota Vikings victory over the Chicago Bears, including coach Kevin O'Connell going with his gut instead of the data.
A first-time special teams coordinator at age 33, Matt Daniels is "a big reason we've found ways to win this year," says Vikings head coach Kevin O'Connell.
Believe it or not, running the football is still a thing in the NFL. And it seems to be making a bit of a resurgence in importance through the first month of the season.
This seems like an easier week to predict for our NFL Insider. He's getting behind Tom Brady, Patrick Mahomes, Cooper Rush and, yes, Geno Smith.
Kicker Greg Joseph made a career-high five field goals, including the 47-yard game-winner, against the Saints. Plus, Lewis Cine gets birthday wishes, and Christian Darrisaw gets razzed for snoring.
Love him or not, you have to admire Kirk Cousins' ability to avoid major injury and stay healthy enough to answer the bell week after week.
The Eagles are the last remaining unbeaten team, and no matter what their record is, the Dolphins have fallen from great heights because of a horrible coaching decision.
The curse of late-game blown calls involving defensive backs apparently has lived on to torture the Saints one more time in their loss to the Vikings.
The New Orleans offense and the Vikings defense have excelled in the fourth quarter, but have struggled during the rest of games.
Nothing is adding up this season so far. Our NFL insider predicts only nine teams will make it to Week 5 with one or fewer losses.
Dalvin Cook hurt his shoulder in the second half last Sunday and isn't ready to be specific about whether the injury will let him play in London this Sunday.
The Saints left for England on Monday while the Vikings won't arrive until Friday. Can the Vikings use sleep science to trick their body clocks in time for Sunday's game?
The NFL's last two unbeaten teams are led by former Alabama quarterbacks.
Standout linebacker Eric Kendricks admitted the team could take more chances, but there was a reason you didn't see more pressure on Detroit quarterback Jared Goff.
On the NFL: Eric Kendricks played the run and pass flawlessly in the fourth quarter to turn the tide against the Lions.
The Vikings smothered one Lion, but not the one they really needed to. Meanwhile, Kevin O'Connell won the first coaching challenge of his career.
NFL Insider: Detroit is second in scoring, fourth in yards and third in rushing yards under first-year offensive coordinator Ben Johnson.
Week 3 offers up eight road favorites. Our NFL insider picks four of them to win and one big upset in the AFC East.
Dalvin Cook has 26 carries for 107 yards and no touchdowns through two games, including only six rushes in the Vikings' loss to Philadelphia during which the star running back was hardly a factor.
The Bills continue to roll while other possible AFC contenders have fallen flat.
The Eagles found offensive and defensive catalysts in their quarterback and cornerback. The Vikings' best receiver and running back didn't have as much success.
The Minnesota Vikings are about to face many of the rookies they passed up when they traded down in the draft.
The Packers (0-1) and Bears (1-0) meet at Lambeau Field on Sunday night after upside-down first games that muddled the NFC North.